The Divination Six Pack – Beer & The Tarot

One of the things I’m often asked to do when trying beers is to assign a particular profile to whatever it is I’m drinking. This works as a descriptor of when/where to try a beer, but like with all things that involve taste and smell, it’s entirely subjective. To me a hotdog is best enjoyed…

Barkeep, Another Course – The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook

Longtime readers of this site along with anyone who has known me for like, five minutes knows that one of my most enjoyable activities is cooking. Additionally, finding ways to cook with beer is another interest of mine, although I should say that beyond an excellent cake recipe, a weiss pizza crust, BBQ sauce, and…

Cask Days 2013

Two years ago I went to my very first beer festival at Hart House, part of the University of Toronto campus. It featured, if I recall correctly, somewhere around 50 casks, mostly from Ontario, and the reception was impressive with several hundred people showing up. This was the first time the festival had expanded from…

Cask Days 2012

Have to say, that was one enjoyable Cask Days. Some quirks were expected, as the festival moved from the smaller Hart House to the bigger and better Evergreen Brick Works and added on an extra third session. The biggest problem was that nearly half of the 100 or so casks went empty at the third…

Rogers Daytime Toronto – 2nd Appearance Recap

So! Exciting day! I was asked to come back on Daytime Toronto today to talk about some heat-busting local beers. Like the last time, I had a blast and the host Glenn Dixon, asked some great questions and told me that he learned a lot about how diverse beer was. By the end I was…

Lock it in the Basement: Aging Beers

Aging: It’s not just for wines, whiskeys and people who aren’t me. So I’ve decided to take the next step in my beer appreciation learnings and start doing what I’ve wanted to do ever since I tried some beer that had undergone this process. I’m going to start aging beer. I think my first instance in…

A Teaser of a Tempest

Woah now! Who are THESE two hot kids on the block? Well, it’s a bottle of Amsterdam Brewery’s Tempest Imperial Stout. One bottle of this year’s batch (just released today at the brewery’s retail store only) and one bottle of the same beer aged for a year. What’s going to happen with these beers? Why…